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July 29th, 2009 by marian

The hands on the screen belong to James Paterson. He is using “Rhonda”, a 3D drawing tool developed byAmit Pitaru circa 2003.

The first half of the video shows James doing a drawing start to finish. In the second part James is cycling through various previous drawings, created between 2004 and 2005.

For the last several years Rhonda has been shown in galleries, museums, festivals and conferences. We are excited to finally release this video online (about time!).

Even more exciting is that our good friends Zach Lieberman (openframeworks) and Zach Gage (synthpond) have just joined the Rhonda Team! With their help we will be creating stable releases of Rhonda for various platforms.

Project page:

Drop us a line at: hello [at] rhondaforever

Music for this video is “Out On The Weekend” by Neil Young.

Rhonda ©2003-2009


July 28th, 2009 by nicolas

Voltage from Bam Studio on Vimeo.

Just like modular synthesizers, people connect with each other in order to achieve diverse objectives. In Voltage, robots, half-human and half-synthesizer, powered by a huge amount of energy, connect to each other in an electric and chaotic trance.


Make a digital sketch!

July 28th, 2009 by nicolas

Try out your sketching skills in this digital canvas created by Odopod.

Make a sketch, save your sketch, and watch your creation replayed in flash.

If You Had Building-Sized Hands

July 27th, 2009 by nicolas

555 KUBIK | facade projection | from urbanscreen on Vimeo.

555 KubiK is a project by UrbanScreen with art direction by Daniel Rossa, 3d design by Daniel Starmann and sound design by Jonas Wiese. The project was realised with MXWendler mediaserver used for mapping multiple projections. Visuals were made using 3D Studio Max.

The conception of this project consistently derives from its underlying architecture – the theoretic conception and visual pattern of the Hamburg Kunsthalle. The Basic idea of narration was to dissolve and break through the strict architecture of O. M. Ungers “Galerie der Gegenwart”. Resultant permeabilty of the solid facade uncovers different interpretations of conception, geometry and aesthetics expressed through graphics and movement. A situation of reflexivity evolves – describing the constitution and spacious perception of this location by means of the building itself.

Music Sequencing as Bicycle Wheels, Rubik’s Cubes at Fest in Argentina

July 21st, 2009 by nicolas

Performance with Cubie from sadmb on Vimeo.

Music sequencing as a Rubik’s Cube-style game, or hypnotic, kinetic rotating wheels – your piano roll won’t know what hit it. New musical art is set to be performed in Argentina, but you can download both tools, free.

Computer interfaces for music date back decades now, but with ingrained notions of hardware sound sequencers, linear media like tape, and hundreds of years of notation in staves and bars, old habits can be hard to kick. Yet it seems that suddenly, a younger generation of audiovisual composers is exploding notions of how musical interface and sequence could work, fully embracing a virtual space in which they themselves have come of age.

Next month’s spectacular-looking 404 Festival could make anyone want to book a flight to Argentina. Two highlighted artists from this festival for me really embody the possibilities of new sequencing metaphors. Both are built in Java.

1985: Andy Warhol on the Amiga, Painting Debbie Harry

July 21st, 2009 by nicolas

Andy Warhol paints Debbie Harry on an Amiga at the Commodore Amiga product launch press conference in 1985

Yeah, it’s great. It’s such a great thing.

What more can you say?

(Really. I think somewhere in all the Creative Suite upgrades, it’s possible we’ve actually lost some of the real spontaneity and sense of the medium with digital art. I think we could get it back, though -- limitations of netbooks and mobiles and browser apps might actually help.)

Eternal Moonwalk

July 14th, 2009 by nicolas

Cold War Kids interactive video

July 14th, 2009 by nicolas

Our Multitouch Future: Fingertapps + Dell Studio One 19 Demo

June 30th, 2009 by nicolas

Via Nat Lecude, here’s what the Fingertapps application platform looks like on Dell’s obscenely-affordable Studio One 19 desktop. (Try a whole computer with a multi-touch screen for US$849 and up.)

There are a few concerns here:

  • I’m not quite sure why there appears to be so much latency in the demo. That could have any number of sources -- latency is a complex issue -- or could simply be intentional interpolation on the part of the software.
  • I’d love to be able to take off the Dell’s stand and use this at a more humane 30-45-degree viewing angle — which, if you think about it, is what we should be doing anyway, for the sake of our backs and necks!
  • Of course, open source frameworks are preferred.

All of that said, though, there are some really compelling ideas here. And imagine having physical hardware controllers combined with touch manipulation in your visual rig. Okay, at least, I’m drooling here. Heck, if you need more horsepower than the Studio One, you could connect it to a rack with more muscle. (The Studio One itself ain’t bad, with up to a quad-core CPU and standard 7200 rpm drives even on the cheaper multi-touch models. Now, if you only weren’t limited to just the 9400M for graphics, it’d almost be a must-buy.)

You can bet we’ll be watching this evolution. Anyone who doubts it, multitouch is coming fast, after a long wait.

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin

June 22nd, 2009 by nicolas

As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others

.Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

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